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Analytics: iOS gaining share, iPhone 5 beating Galaxy S III

10/12, 10:46pm

Galaxy S III now among top five devices for ad impressions

A pair of mobile marketing analytics companies -- Velti and Chitika -- have released statistics updating trends in both mobile ad impressions and web traffic, with some surprising results. According to Velti, the introduction of the iPhone 5 and iOS 6 has pushed Apple into a growth position over combined Android statistics in ad impressions. Chitika, meanwhile, reports that Android's top-selling phone, the Galaxy S III, has fallen to the iPhone 5 in terms of web traffic -- possibly suggesting that sales of the new iPhone have grown significantly.

Windows 8 PCs showing up for preorder at retailers

10/12, 9:42pm

Touch-enabled PCs on display

Though consumers will still have to wait another two weeks before the official launch of Windows 8, PCs running Microsoft's latest operating system have begun showing up in some retail outlets to promote the official beginning of pre-ordering Win8 systems. Electronista stopped in to a Best Buy in Charlottesvillle, VA, finding three working and official Windows 8 units on display, apparently there for customers to familiarize themselves with the new operating system.

Google Play Store to get built-in malware scanner

10/12, 7:56pm

Play Store also gets Wish List feature

Google is taking steps to address the malware problem in its Play Store, building in a feature that will scan apps for connections to known malware and viruses. This according to an Android fan site that has performed an APK teardown on a new version of the Play Store app. In addition to the malware scanner, the search company is also thought to be integrating a Wish List feature, which would work alongside a developing Play Store gift card feature.

Apple sued by photographer over 'Eye Closeup' photo

10/12, 7:20pm

Photo used in keynote, advertising materials for Retina Display

Swiss photographer Sabine Liewald has filed a lawsuit against Apple for allegedly using her "Eye Closeup" photograph to promote sales of the MacBook Pro with Retina Display. Liewald claims in her court filing that Apple procured the image from agency Factory Downtown for layout purposes only, and not for any advertising campaign.

Video leak shows off new Gmail features

10/12, 5:48pm

Update said meant for Android 4.2

A video posted online today appears to show a version of Gmail for Android that will debut with the rumored update bringing the platform to version 4.2. The video shows off a few changes to the Gmail user interface, as well as new navigation features meant to streamline the Gmail experience. The major interface update appears to be deeper integration of single-finger gestures, allowing users to delete or archive messages with the swipe of a finger.

iPad installation in Virginia McDonalds first in US

10/12, 5:40pm

Idea for install taken from French McDonalds, uses same leasing company

At a newly constructed McDonalds restaurant in Virginia Beach, owner Hugh Fard decided to try something that no other US Mcdonalds has tried -- four booths have iPads that restaurant customers can use for free. McDonalds has no current plans to try out the installation at other locations inside the US, or give the option to other franchisees, and are taking a "wait and see" approach to the success or failure of the program.

HTC's WP8X, unknown Samsung device launch dates leaked

10/12, 5:26pm

Leaked T-Mobile timeline spills launch date

HTC's forthcoming Windows Phone 8X appears to be heading for a November 11 launch, according to what appears to be a leaked inventory screen from T-Mobile. The screen was discovered by TmoNews, and it shows a timeline of forthcoming T-Mobile releases. In addition to the Windows Phone 8X, the screen shows a number of other devices from manufacturers including LG, Samsung, and Huawei. The leak also appears to reveal a previously unknown Samsung device called Toba, though it gives no information on whether it is a smartphone or tablet.

Briefly: Kindle Lending UK, Germany, iOS Skype update

10/12, 4:25pm

Skype WiFi iOS app updated

Amazon has announced that the Kindle Owners' Lending Library will be launching in the UK, Germany, and France later this month. The lending service gives Amazon Prime members access to over 200,000 books that can be borrowed for free as frequently as one book per month, with no due dates. Any independent authors or publishers using Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP) who enroll their books in KDP Select can be included in the in the UK, Germany and France libraries, as well as the existing US library.

Reuters: FTC nearing Google antitrust case

10/12, 4:17pm

Google's search market practices under the microscope

The Federal Trade Commission may be preparing to level an antitrust case against search giant Google, alleging that the company has illegally used its dominance of the search market to crowd out rivals. This according to Reuters, which cites sources familiar with the FTC's examination of Google in saying that a case may be forthcoming. Reportedly, the majority of the higher up decision makers at the FTC believe that an antitrust case should be brought, and a decision may be made as early as November or December.

CyberPower PC unleashes dual-SLI Fang Taipan gaming laptop

10/12, 4:05pm

Highly-configurable laptop tailored for gaming on-the-go

Custom gaming computer manufacturer CyberPower PC has debuted the Fang Taipan -- a laptop that the company calls the "most powerful customizable dual Nvidia GPU gaming laptop." Highlights of the new model include twin SLI GPUs, Ivy Bridge Intel processors, and a 17.3-inch screen.

Georgia Tech receives $900,000 to build 'MacGyver' robot

10/12, 3:32pm

Robot to use objects as tools and simple machines

A team of researchers have been given funds to develop a robot that behaves like MacGyver. A three-year, $900,000 grant from the Office of Naval Research has been handed to the Georgia Institute of Technology, to try and create a machine that can interact with the local environment as well as humans can.

Briefly: Dropbox updated, GS3 color variants

10/12, 3:18pm

New version brings photo thumbnails, UI changes

The Dropbox app for Android received an update today, bringing changes to the user interface as well as a number of bug fixes. The new app allows users to view preview thumbnails of their uploaded photos and videos under a new Photos tab. Uploads have also been moved to the menu in the file browser. The new version is available as a free download in the Google Play Store.

PEGI 18, 'Adults Only' games blocked from Windows 8 store

10/12, 2:38pm

Windows 8 Marketplace requirements affects EU gamers

Microsoft is blocking 'Adult' rated video games in the Windows 8 Marketplace. The policy found in the Windows 8 App Certification Requirements stops any game rated higher than 'Mature' in the US or rated PEGI 18 in Europe from being sold in the app store, in what has been described as an exercise in brand management. The restriction however is being seen as more of an issue for European gamers than US-based customers of the app store.

ChangeWave claims high iPhone 5 demand in spite of issues

10/12, 1:18pm

Lightning port more of a concern than iOS 6 Maps

Demand for the iPhone 5 remains very high in spite of two potentially serious issues with the device, according to new data from 451 Research and ChangeWave Research. 19 percent of a group surveyed last month said they were "very likely" to buy an iPhone 5, while 13 percent said they were somewhat likely. A poll from October 2011 for the iPhone 4S generated respective figures of 10 percent and 11.5 percent.

Microsoft reveals Windows 8 packaging, Pro upgrade pricing

10/12, 12:56pm

New packaging saves weight, reduces pollution

Microsoft has let slip the full packaging range and pricing for Windows 8. Five different designs will be used for the packaging, which now consists of paper-based materials, excluding the DVD itself. The change in packaging has reduced its weight by 41-percent, and allows Microsoft to make an 80-percent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions and fossil fuel consumption.

Best Buy to give online price-matching

10/12, 11:56am

Looks to combat showrooming this holiday season

Best Buy will provide online price-matching this holiday season in an effort to reverse a trend in which customers come into the store to check out items only to leave and buy them online at a lower price. Spokespersons from the retailer have spoken with The Wall Street Journal, saying that the price matching plan represents an opportunity for Best Buy to increase its close rate, or the percentage of people walking into the store and leaving with a purchase. The retailer is said to still be working out some aspects of its price-matching program.

Apple placing orders for quad-core, 20nm chips at TSMC?

10/12, 11:50am

Quad-core, 20nm chips made by TSMC coming to Apple products in 2014?

Apple is, once again, said to be courting Taiwanese chip manufacturer TSMC to supply its future chips. The products in question are 20nm, quad-core chips that are expected to power Apple products in 2014, including a future version of the iPad.

Best Buy shows Insignia tablet with Android 4.0

10/12, 11:15am

Best Buy to launch 9.7-inch Insignia tablet on November 11

Best Buy has just shown off preliminary specs and one image of an upcoming Insignia-branded tablet on its Facebook page. Called the Flex Tablet, it will have a 1GHz, dual-core processor and a 9.7-inch touchscreen, though the resolution isn't yet being revealed. Android 4.0 will be onboard.

RIM rep shows off L-series BlackBerry phone with BB10

10/12, 10:37am

Mexican RIM rep shows off BB10 on L-series handset

While RIM officially outlined some features of its upcoming BlackBerry 10 platform earlier this week, Mexican RIM representatives are demonstrating the handsets to media. Specifically, an L-Series handset running on the BlackBerry 10 operating system was demonstrated in a near five minute-long video, offering the best look yet at a working version of the OS. Unfortunately, no specs or other information is revealed about the hardware itself.

Apple to pay Swiss Federal Railways for iOS 6 Clock app

10/12, 10:08am

Apple to pay Swiss Federal Railways for iOS 6 Clock app

Apple has agreed to pay Swiss Federal Railways, better known as SBB, for the use of its clock design in the iOS 6 Clock app. Shortly after iOS 6 debuted, SBB and watchmaker Mondaine -- an SBB licensee -- said they were considering some form of action against Apple, since the analog-style displays in Clock are verbatim replicas of an SBB design. A few days later, SBB mentioned that talks with Apple were impending.

Dell sets Windows8 notebook, all-in-one PCs for pre-order

10/12, 9:39am

Shipping systems after Windows 8 release date

Dell has put a number of its previously-revealed computers up for pre-order. The XPS 12 convertible tablet notebook, XPS One 27 All-In-One, and the Inspiron One 23 Windows 8-enabled systems are all set to ship soon after the Microsoft operating system release at the end of October.

Sources peg iPad mini event for October 23rd

10/12, 9:38am

Company silent for rumored Oct. 10th invitation handout

Apple will finally unveil a 7.85-inch iPad on October 23rd at an invitation-only event, according to sources for AllThingsD. The claim comes after rumored press invitations failed to materialize on October 10th. Had they been delivered then, the expectation was that the event would happen October 17th, with a product launch taking place by early November.

Sony Vaio T13 touchscreen options due soon, larger T14

10/12, 7:28am

Bigger ultrabook to gain optical drive

Sony has introduced one new notebook, and intends to offer a touchscreen version of another. The Vaio T14 is a 14-inch version of its existing T13 line and retains the physical style and specifications of its predecessor, while the Vaio T13's optional touchscreen is a $100 upgrade that also adds edge-to-edge glass to the display.

Hands on: Twelve South accessories for Mac

10/12, 6:47am

Apple-only accessory maker accessorizes your Mac

MacNN has been living with several Twelve South Mac accessories over the past week including the HoverBar, BookArc, HiRise and the BackPack 2. Each of these in their own right are interesting and useful accessories, but combined, they help to turn your Mac set up into the ultimate 'battle station.'

Sony Vaio Duo 11 slider tablet set for Windows 8 date launch

10/12, 5:00am

Convertible tablet notebook weighs under 3 pounds

Sony is putting its convertible 11.6-inch Windows-8 slider on sale later this month. Introduced at IFA in Germany and last seen passing through the FCC in September, the Vaio Duo 11 can switch between being a tablet and a notebook, thanks to a mechanism that slides out the keyboard from behind the screen.

Some schools in Australia now requiring iPads for students

10/12, 3:00am

Parents of private school students must bear expense

A church-based private school, along with several other private educational institutions in Sydney, Australia are now informing parents that most students will be required to own an iPad beginning in the next school year. The move to tablets has become compulsory at the schools because educators believe they are significantly more effective as learning tools than notebook, and eliminates the need for students to lug around heavy textbooks. While not all schools are mandating iPads specifically, traditional printed materials and even laptops are clearly on the way out.

iBike riding computer and case upgraded for iPhone 5

10/12, 2:38am

Case and app combo allow for ride tracking, full app usage

Sports technology company Velocomphas updated its iBike line of cycling accessories for the iPhone 5. Two new products have been announced -- the iBike Dash CC 5 cycling computer and iBike Phone Booth 5 bike case and mount. Both products are designed specifically for the new iPhone 5. The Dash CC 5 computer features Bluetooth 4.0 bike sensor technology to track speed and cycling cadence, while the Phone Booth 5 case allows secure mounting of an iPhone 5 on either handlebars or the bike stem.

Panetta: military could respond to imminent cyber attack

10/12, 12:36am

Pre-emptive strike allegedly allowed under pending executive order

In what could be called the first major policy speech by a defense secretary on cyber security, US military head Leon Panetta said that the US military could be called upon to act preemptively if it detects an imminent threat of cyber attack such as that perpetrated against the White House Military Office. During the remarks made at a gathering of business leaders in New York, Panetta decried insufficient investment by US business leaders in internet security measures, and mentioned that a Presidential executive order was being considered "while we wait for Congress to act."

Hands on: HTC Windows Phone 8S

10/12, 12:01am

Colorful midrange Windows Phone

As the world awaits the official Windows Phone 8 launch, HTC is showing off its forthcoming Windows Phone 8X and 8S handsets. Electronista last week checked out the flagship 8X, and HTC brought the midrange 8S to the MobileCon expo so we could take an early look at the full range of colorful Windows Phone offerings.

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